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Looking for Kitesurfing enthusiasts

Hi again

Just returned from a 5-day Kitesurfing course on the South-Coast of England and now absolutely fascinated by it.

I'm not keen on crowded spots like Silvaplana or lake Garda, so I can't quite imagine going kitesurfing on a lake in Switzerland.

I just got IKO Level 3J, although I'm not really consistently riding.... more getting up on the board and after a few meters falling off again, but I'd like to improve. So I guess a lake wouldn't be ideal for improving skills.

I'm planning on another 2 week trip for October, but still don't know where to go. If there are any kitesurfing enthusiasts/beginners/intermediate out there.... would be great to share some thoughts or even go out for a few sessions. Maybe someone can even convince me to try a Swiss lake
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Old 12.07.2011, 11:39
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Re: Looking for Kitesurfing enthusiasts

Many Swiss lakes are not really that good for learning due to high cliffs, lack of launching/landing area or just no exit points downwind for beginners. There are also restrictions on many lakes for kitesurfing. Gusty winds are also a bit of a problem if you are learning.

Even though it is crowded I'd reckon Silvaplana (When it's Maloja wind) is probably you're best bet. If you start at the more downwind end of the launch you shouldn't get in the way of too many other people and then you can practice and drift down to the end of the lake and walk back up for another go. Once you can hold your ground upwind you should be ready to rumble with the rest of them.

It is crowded up there, but it is by far the best wind I've experienced in Switzerland.
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Re: Looking for Kitesurfing enthusiasts

I guess I'll just have to go down to Silvaplana one weekend and chat up some strangers
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Hi again

Just returned from a 5-day Kitesurfing course on the South-Coast of England and now absolutely fascinated by it. .....
Were you at Camber in E Sussex? If so you could be in the picture that I took a few days ago.

I'm not a kite surfer by the way, just amazed that they don't all get tangled up.

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Re: Looking for Kitesurfing enthusiasts

Haha... great pic yeah I was down there from 4.-8.7. for 5 hours every day but we were a bit further on the right side with the pink kites of the kite school there. It was really amazing and I love Camber Sands.

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Haha... great pic yeah I was down there from 4.-8.7. for 5 hours every day but we were a bit further on the right side with the pink kites of the kite school there. It was really amazing and I love Camber Sands.
I was actually down there the week before you. As I live in Hastings, I pop along there fairly often.

There is nowhere to quite compare with Camber in Switzerland
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I was actually down there the week before you. As I live in Hastings, I pop along there fairly often.

There is nowhere to quite compare with Camber in Switzerland
Well, Switzerland is not anywhere close to the sea..... unfortunately.

I prefer Rye and Camber Sands over Hastings, although it gets really busy at Camber Sands during school holidays. But just before and after is a real treat, even in winter it's awesome to be down at the beach to catch some winter sun.
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Well, Switzerland is not anywhere close to the sea..... unfortunately.

I prefer Rye and Camber Sands over Hastings, although it gets really busy at Camber Sands during school holidays. But just before and after is a real treat, even in winter it's awesome to be down at the beach to catch some winter sun.
I have seen the traffic queues to get into Camber right back to Rye on hot weekends. Out of season certainly is more appealing in many ways.
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Re: Looking for Kitesurfing enthusiasts

Hey Miss-Lizzy,

I learnt at Camber Sands and all the other spots round there Ė Greatstone, Hythe, Lancing, Shoreham, Goring etc Ė back in 2004! It took a long time to learn due to no wind, too much wind, wrong direction wind, hideous shore break in places, and tide! And I always had to drive down there from LondonÖ.arrgh the pain of it comes flooding back! Anyway, I persevered and have since had some great kiting sessions from the Caribbean to Australia. Even though I live on the French/Swiss border so far I didnít kite on any of the lakes here(tried Neuchatel a couple of times but wind was patchy) but this is due more to having 3 small kids/no time rather than anything else. However, I fully intend to get to Silvaplana and Walensee and check them out one day! Nice link here: http://www.shirocco.ch/sports/kiten/

If you are considering a week away, one of the best places I found so far is in Portugal (only downside is that as itís the Atlantic the waterís a bit on the cool side Ė actually I donít bother with a wetsuit - but when learning you can be in the water a lot so Iíd recommend it). Anyway, it will be warm compared to the South coast of England! The school is run by a couple called Ricardo and Sofia (lovely people, Iíve been there 4 times with them), you find them here: http://southadventures.com.pt/ They know the area really well, and can usually find somewhere to kite (unless there really is no wind at all..) Iíve always gone by boat with them, and you typically kite in lagoon like areas, often where you can stand up, and usually well away from hazards eg. people, large fixed objects etc. Itís a great place to master your upwind skills. Check out the pics on their site. They can also advise on accommodation to suit all budgets. Nearest airport Faro, you can fly direct from Basel, maybe ZŁrich too. Once you master the lagoons you can head out into the open sea for wave action if you want it.

Good luck, and if you go plse tell them I said hi!

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Re: Looking for Kitesurfing enthusiasts

Just saw this thread. Many years ago, I was a kitesurf instructor (but quite quickly gave it up as it was too much hassle for little money).

Still surf regularly between Camber & Brighton whenever I am back in the UK, but only really do downwinders nowadays.

Egypt may be your best bet - the only very reliable wind in Europe is in Tarifa, and that's cross offshore, which is not for beginners or intermediates. El Gouna or Hurghada would probably be the way to go.

Kitesurfing does not match well with a 9-5 job, as you really want to be able to decide on location/viability one or two days before.

I would be very interested if anyone is up for giving the Italian coast near CH a go, but that would be weather dependent.
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Re: Looking for Kitesurfing enthusiasts

I just arrived in switzerland and not yet familiar with the Swiss kitesurfing spots. Im hearing Silvaplana is a good one, but dont mind trying other lakes, gusty winds, cliffs, etc, if anyone is up for a laugh?

Does enyone have a list of which lakes are alowed and which not, same for snowkiting spots?

If you are in the Zurich area, please message me and will try to organise a group of 2-4 people, so we can go kitesurfing/snowkiting. No worries if you are a beginner, we will look after you...

In any case it will be great to meet fellow kitesurfers over a beer and talk stories.

Thanks!
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Re: Looking for Kitesurfing enthusiasts

Hi there,
I have just started kitesurfing this summer and i absolutely love it unfortunately in CH it is very difficult for a beginner to practice. I don't have my own gear and i am sort of depending on kitecamps right now. i have been to silvaplana last weekend but out of 3 days only one day had good wind. and the long trip really isn't worth it (i live in Bern - 5h away).
Does anyone know any closer camp? If i had my own gear i would go to murten lake or neuchatel...but maybe next year.

I also hope to meet more kite-enthusiasts on EF

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Hi there,
I have just started kitesurfing this summer and i absolutely love it unfortunately in CH it is very difficult for a beginner to practice. I don't have my own gear and i am sort of depending on kitecamps right now. i have been to silvaplana last weekend but out of 3 days only one day had good wind. and the long trip really isn't worth it (i live in Bern - 5h away).
Does anyone know any closer camp? If i had my own gear i would go to murten lake or neuchatel...but maybe next year.

I also hope to meet more kite-enthusiasts on EF

Ciao,
Cristina
To improve your kitesurfing abilities, you don't need to go to the water all the time. I'd recommend that you buy a small (approx 1m2) training kite (like a flexifoil buzz). You can use these pretty much anywhere where there is a bit of space. Practice enables you to feel instinctively where the kite is in the wind window, and builds muscle memory.

People who turn up to kitesurfing courses already able to fly a kite well can try with a board within a day or two. It's much easier with the board in the water when you don't have to think about the kite.
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Re: Looking for Kitesurfing enthusiasts

I agree with the above post. There are kiters always practicing here in Bern on the soccer fields next to the Expo Center/Post Fiance Arena.
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Aah thanks! I will check that area out tomorrow
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Kitesurfing does not match well with a 9-5 job, as you really want to be able to decide on location/viability one or two days before.
This. I'd love to get a feel for kite surfing, but getting time into it seems tricky, what with jobs and all. Maybe it would be barely doable to hop to Faro on a Friday evening, surf saturday and early sunday, and flit back, but... seems a bit arduous.

What is the situation of snow kiting? I know people do it, but it's definitely not as common. Less wind, more dangerous, perhaps? Would the skills transfer to kite surfing?
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